NSSL researchers successfully launched two balloon borne prototype instruments into a large thunderstorm complex at the end of October.
Flash floods are the number one hazardous weather-related killer in the US, yet they remain poorly observed. An NSSL project now collects data from the public on flash flooding, in addition to hail and wind reports.
The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) deployed a mobile radar near Durango, Colorado, during the month of August to collect data on thunderstorm rainfall and resulting flash flooding.
Over the past five summers, students have been making thousands of phone calls to collect reports of severe weather from the public as part of the Severe Hazards Analysis and Verification Experiment (SHAVE).
Preliminary numbers show VORTEX2 intercepted about 30 supercells, and 20 weak or short-lived tornadoes.